Finding a tick on yourself or a family member can be a frightening experience. Testing a tick for pathogens can help put your mind at ease and inform you of what symptoms to be aware of if you do have an infection

    1. Why get ticks tested?
      According to Tick Check: 74% of all ticks collected from the wild carry at least one pathogen that causes disease and 95% of deer ticks collected in certain areas of the US tested positive for dangerous pathogens. The risk is real. If you find a tick engorged on yourself or on a family member or pet, getting the tick tested for pathogens is the fastest way to evaluate your risk of getting sick from tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. It is faster to test the tick than to test you!
    2. Where to get ticks tested?
      There are now many labs that will do tick testing, and it can be free in certain situations.
      Here are a few options
      https://www.ticknology.org
      https://www.tickreport.com
      https://www.tickcheck.com/
      If you choose Tickcheck.com, 10% of the proceeds will go to Everything Ticks

What type of information will you find?
Getting a tick accurately evaluated for pathogens has so many benefits. If a tick is tested and found to be free of disease, you can rest easy. If the tick is found to be carrying any of the 18 pathogens, you can talk to your health care provider and be vigilant in checking for symptoms of infection.

If a tick tests positive, will I definitely get sick?
If a tick that bit you tests positive for disease-causing pathogens, it is important to consult with your doctor right away. While there is no way to tell immediately whether you will contract a disease, there are some steps your doctor can take. If a tick tests positive for Lyme disease in an area where the illness is common, the CDC recommends a course of the antibiotic doxycycline for adults. If the tick tests positive for diseases caused by other pathogens, your doctor will keep a close eye on any symptoms that may develop and determine a course of treatment should any symptoms arise.